Weizenbock Grande Cuvée - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sammy on 09-21-2008

A dark wheat beer, hearty and top-fermented, inspired by the style traditionally brewed in Munich, Germany. This Weizenbock will seduce you with its lush flavors reminiscent of candied fruits, banana, and maple syrup.
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Photo of bloberglawp
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Malty, rich, alcohol well cloaked.

Pours Deep red copper, thick head, dissipates slowly to a thin film, some lace.

Aroma of malt, alot of malt. Rich, and clean. Flavor, oh my... alot of malt, caramel and burnt sugar, awesome. A faint chocolate bitterness in the finish. Alcohol present in the finish, but not overwhelming, I'll admit I'm not sober reviewing this. I'm listening to that show that has no beer content ever.

Thanks! BN for life!

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - very dark brown, one finger of chocolaty head dissipated to random islands, not a lot of retention
S - fruity hints of plumb and raisin, heavy malts, light sweet molasses, hint of chocolate
T - very sweet and very malty: sweet thick molasses and dark roasty malt, raisin and plumb fruity sweetness, light notes of chocolate and a present but balanced alcohol sweetness
M - heavy body, starts chewy tart, thins out to a tangy feel as the 11% ABV works through the palate
D - for 11% ABV I must say that the alcohol works with the beer and not against it, it is masked and balanced nicely with fruity sweetness and heavy malt character, i wouldn't drink it every day ... maybe every other day

Photo of liamt07
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Jason at my 22nd birthday, 750ml bottle into a tulip. 2011 vintage.

Poured a dark maroon, mocha/dark cream coloured head modest retention and lacing. Nose has some deep, dark fruit notes, plums, light chocolate, grapey and lightly vinous/herbal. Tastes of plummy and sweet dark fruits, light wheat character. Sweet malt profile with some brown sugar. Sweet, sticky and full feel, only light alcohol. Low carbonation. A solid dunkelweizenbock, a little sweet but some nice flavours and complexity.

Photo of flipper2gv
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Well it's a 2010 bottle, but I think they should rename it only Weizenbock grande cuvée.

A: Deep ruby red color, perfectly translucent. Head is tan, foamy, quite big and has a strong retention. Strong level of lacing.

S: Big malts come from the nose. Lots of caramel, molasses and toffee. A bit toasted. Also, huge presence of biscuit malts. Some bread. Also, very fruity. There is red apples, dark cherries, grape, raspberries. A bit of nuts present in the smell. Alcohol is very present though. Sweet and juicy smell. Powerful

T: Yet again, malts dominate here. Very bready taste with a lot of sweetness: caramel, toffee, chocolate, molasses, licorice. Strong fruits presence too: red apples, dark cherries, raisins mostly. Biscuit malts are still very present but the toasted characteristics come out more than in the smell. Nuts are still present as well as some buttery taste. Some spices are there too: nutmeg, cinnamon. Too much alcohol present, but that's somewhat expected from a 11 ABV brew. In short, sweet, malty and fruity, well executed and quite balanced.

M: Big, huge, chewy, syrupy, bold. The words lack. One of the most impressive and intimidating beer I had the chance to drink. Low carbonation.

D: Immense beer, very sweet and lots of alcohol. One 750 will be plenty enough.

They say on the bottle it's a winter beer, I couldn't agree more.

Photo of korguy123
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter 2011 into tumbler.
Another fantastic CanBIF box entry.

Dark, muddled sweet tea color. Half finger, tight bubbled, light tan head. Lacing is minimal.

Sweet raisins, caramel, toffee, short bread, some plums and a touch of cinnamon and vanilla.

Caramel, toffee, some burnt toast, brown sugar and vanilla. Slightly cloying but not too bad. Raisins and some prunes. There is a digestive cookie and sour dough bread influence in there also.

Light to medium body, slightly syrupy, low carbonation.

Photo of biboergosum
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle, winter 2010.

This beer pours a brightly cloudy deep dark garnet colour, with one fat finger of creamy mocha head, which leaves a low rise of lace around the glass in its wake. It smells strongly of stewed raisins, molasses, dates, toffee and intense, but even, booze warming. The taste is big lightly toasted caramel malt, brown sugar, molasses, dark chocolate, acidic black fruit - plums, figs, and red grapes - and a warm, cozy, herbal, leafy booze blanket. The carbonation is quite mild, the body medium-full, sugary, and smooth, in a stick to the roof of your mouth kind of way. It finishes still quite sweet, but with a leveling hoppy, boozy dryness.

The heat definitely pervades this beer - however, it mostly hangs, somewhat malevolently, in the background. The rest is a big, sweet, fruity, cockles-warming tipple - it sure is making me ignore/forget/change the channel on another underwhelming Oilers' result.

Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy amber brown in color. It poured with a half finger high beige head that died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark fruits and bananas are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, but the dark fruit flavors are stronger and provide notes of plums and prunes. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels just about being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer does a very good job managing to hide its alcohol from the taste. It is a very tasty weizenbock.

Photo of Digimaika2
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(4.0) A: Pours a cloudy deep orange-amber with a solid height of dirty beige foam head. Good retention and equal lacing.

(4.0) S: Dark fruits (cherries & plums), molasses, vanilla, hints of oak, bourbon, fainter grasses, and even some tropical fruit including papaya. Complex and varied.

(4.0) T: Very similar to aroma with those big dark fruits coming through along with some oaky bourbon and fresh grasses which weren’t all that detectable on the nose. Rich molasses provide depth and sweet vanilla and caramel serve to translate the alcohol into that smooth bourbon-like taste. This is good.

(4.0) M: Medium-lighter bodied with low carbonation. Nice and velvety with a mellow smoothness.

(4.0) D: New to this style but I’m really enjoying this one. The big dark fruit emphasis and oaky boozy character are the highlights for me.

Photo of andrenaline
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage - 10.5%

A - Pours a nice hazy ruby red, finger of off-white head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Sweet bananas, cloves, buttered bread, hints of cocoa and burnt toast.

T - The bananas and cloves dominated, lots of bready malts, hints of espresso linger on the finish. The ABV adds only a hint of sweetness and no real heat, and is easily masked by the bold flavours of the brew.

M - Lighter bodied ale and a tad thin, but goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - A delicious example of the style, loads of flavour, and well worth seeking out. I'll be aging a bottle for sure, but this stuff is dangerously drinkable at 10.5%.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle I brought to share at mrbubbler's "end of the world" tasting.

2011 vintage.

Pours a hazy brown with a foamy orange-khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and a variety of dark fruits. Taste is much the same with a distinct grape juice flavor. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of berley31
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with a large, thick, moussy tan head that is extremely long-lasting before finally settling to 1/2-finger. The body is dark brown and cloudy from the yeast sediment.

S: Strong aroma of dark fruit that almost comes across as over-ripe. Some spiciness is present as well (cloves), as is a moderate scent of alcohol.

T: The dark fruit is extremely prevalent in the taste as well. Overall, the beer is quite sweet with the fruit and melanoidin flavors. No roastiness, as to style. No hop flavor, and hop bitterness is extremely low.

M: Full-bodied, very creamy, with moderate carbonation. Some alcohol warmth is present.

D: A really big weizenbock that hits the style very well. Too high in alcohol to be a regular drinker, but a very nice sipping beer on a nice evening on the deck.

Photo of WeedKing4
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle pours a dark reddish brown thats clear with no head at all really. Tastes of dark fruits with slight caramal and a light toffee finish. The big alcohol is there in body, but not in taste. It is a sipper though. Overall its an interesting beer, but I don't see anything wheat ale about it.

Photo of wordemupg
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip aug17 2010

A a slightly murky dark brown with two fingers of dark tan head that has a minute or two of retention and leaves a few patches of lace

S brown sugar with some dark and tropical fruits, a fair amount of booze, and a little rum perhaps

T I pick up on all I smell but I with a fair bit of rum, raisin, and molasses with some dry cereal. This one has some boozy earthiness and sugar going for it and perhaps a little winter spice, I can't help thinking that I've had a similar beer but I can't think of what it would be to save my life

M fairly thick and a little creamy, the booze burn I was expecting wasn't really there, perhaps a little warming but not a lot of burn

D I may have been a little brave drinking a 750ml all on my own but for 11% I expected to encounter much greater difficulties then I actually did. I wouldn't call you a sissy for wanting a buddy to share this with but I may call you wise

good beer overall but it kicked my ass just a tad, not sure how this would age but I doubt some cellar time would do it any harm. at the end of the day this beers pretty enjoyable and intense at the same time

This was the 2010 version

Photo of pootz
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml Bottle:

Clouded chestnut brown with ruby highlights. Puffy beige cap that lasts and laces

Rich and complex with flavors; cocoa, roast, berries, smoke, earthyness dried fruit, tobacco, hrbacious hopping and a long wet complex finish.

Like a lighter version of a dark barley wine, Wonderful winter warmer.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An excellent sipping beer and a good high-alcohol example of the style.

Bottle pours a hazy and oily amber with decent head; it's an attractive auburn colour when held up to the light. Yeast-forward aroma has wine tones as well as caramelized grains. The flavour is well balanced with good depth, including some light barrel tones; it actually reminds me of a port. The 11% ABV is well hidden until the alcohol warmth in the finish.

Photo of oberon
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this last night and it put me to bed.Poured into my Brooklyn-Schneider Hopfen weisse glass a deep murky looking cola color with a nice looking one finger light tannish colored head that settles into a frothy mass.alot going on in the nose with alcohol dipped dark fruit really standing out,a bit of clove spice and sweet caramel,the main thing is it's big and sweet.Flavors really hit ya with a sweet sharp alcohol bomb,alot of dark fruit and phenolic spice mixed with more sweet caramel,the alcohol really hits as it warms.It's a sweet somewhat sticky sipper that can get a bit hot but it's a well made weizenbock,just plan on drinking this and not anything else.

Photo of MrElPechor
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle in a tulip

Aroma : dark fruit , sugar, alcoohol

Appearance : pour a brown red translucent liquid , with little or no head, very little lacing

Taste : red fruit, caramel, banana and alcohol

Palate : medium body with little carbonation

Overall : Not a bad sample of a weizenbock far from the best on my opinion aventinus

Photo of tbeckett
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Ruby or dark brown in colour. Bright. Small off white head that goes quite fast.

S - Dark fruit is huge here. Lot's of figs, prunes, dates. I get some hop and heat in there too.

T - Some burn hits you up front followed by those dark fruits again. The burn lingers a bit too.

M - Creamy, not alot of carbonation and nice full body.

D - Considering the abv on this I could certainly have a number over the course of a night.

Photo of colts9016
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from PhylCA21, thank you.

Poured into a flute glass at 46 degrees.

Appearance: A 2 finger medium tan color head that is foamy and bubbly. The retention on the head is medium. The color of the beer is a dark copper color with reddish hues. The clarity of the semi opaque. There are some effervescence in the beer when light is present.

Nose: A heavy biscuit toasty aroma. The malt is toasted, a medium citrus, some floral esters and solvent. There are in the background of the beer alcohol/phenol.

Taste: A very nice toasty aroma with some grapefruit, floral esters, biscuit/toast flavor a sublte sweetness and some caramel like flavors. There is a touch of vanilla on the end.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium to medium thick. The finish on the beer is medium. The mouth feel of the beer is slightly astringent and carbonated. I think that this beer is a little rough around the edges. Aging this beer would definetely help. Overall this is a pretty good weizenbock.

Photo of ssmack
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark toffee brown colour with amber highlights. One inch beige head that quickly disappeared to a ring around the glass. No lacking.

Smells of yeast and alcohol. A strong aroma of apricots and thick cream.

The taste is rich and complex. Grains - barley. Toffee sweet with spices of cinnamon. Buttery. Milk chocolate. Over-ripe sweet fruit - apricots and prunes along with alcohol. Peppery around the edges.

A full mouthfeel. The beer coats the side of the mouth. Sticky sweet. No carbonation.

A rich drink. It is like sipping a fine single malt. Carbonation is really missing here.

Photo of spinrsx
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber

Appearance – Brown colour with a very large size frothy beige coloured head. It’s hard to make out the carbonation level due to the darkness and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for 6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, dark fruits, candied sugar, toffee/caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel/toffee and some dark fruits. The beer has a very sweet taste, lots of sugar. It finishes with a malty sweet dark fruit aftertaste.

Overall – Another beer that is probably best enjoyed with someone else. I really do wish this brewer put some of their high end beers into smaller formats. Regardless, I enjoyed this beer and I am rarely disappointed by Les Trois Mousquetaires.

Photo of DrJay
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish with a bit of haze and a short cap of fine beige bubbles. Banana and cotton candy aroma, caramel, grain, and dried fruit. Pretty much the same in the flavour, grain and banana with dried fruit and caramel sweetness. Faint roasted character and a bit of alcohol warmth/flavour in the finish. A bit cleaner than I expected. Full bodied with low carbonation. I liked it. Well balanced for a big beer.

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice colour, with a moderate head. The aroma draw you in of wheat, dark fruit, some chocolate. The taste is a good full carmel mouthfeel, its rich, nails the style but must it be at 10%? A tad of sourness in some sips, some sips with bitterness too.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased a bottle a while back four something just under $10. Served chilled into a pint glass (unfortunately). Advertised as 10.5% ABV.

Appearance - Hazy amber brown with red hues. 1 finger of white head is poured and dissipates fairly quick. Looks good, but non-descript overall.

Smell - Boozy, sweet dark fruits. Some caramel and sweet baking. the beer closest to this that I've had in terms of smell is Samichlaus, which may or may not be good for your tastes. I personally find the aroma pleasant.

Taste - Smooth, rich with cherries and plums. Some booze and lightly burnt sugar. Christmas baking in your mouth here. Not too intense and some ripe banana flavoring harkening this beer back to its wheat beer cousins. Banana is noticeably more prevalent was it warms.

Mouthfeel - A bit thin all things considered for a beer with this much flavor and this much alcohol. While the flavors don't overwhelm like many high ABV brews can, the mouthfeel just doesn't seem right with this one. Very thick and syrupy feeling. However, as this beer warms a bit more (closer to 15 degrees Celsius) as now the weight is a bit lighter and seems perfect with the accompanying flavors. Medium-low in carbonation.

Overall - Very doppelbock-ish to my tastes at the start turning more into a sweet weizenbock as it warms some more.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a weizen glass. Vintage 2011.

A: Beautiful reddish-brown color. Slightly hazy. The huge, creamy off-white head holds tinges of a cinnamon color within it. Retention is great, and a few stubborn patches of foamy lacing cling to the glass at random intervals.

S: Sticky caramel and brown molasses. huge candied fruit aroma. Candy apples, prunes, raspberries, dried pineapple, banana chips. Banana bread with walnuts. Slight crust and cocoa. Warm blanket of vanilla and a very mild phenol spice. Great nose.

T: Big tide of fruit. Strong pull of raspberry esters. Currant, prune, and raisin. Coarse wheat taste underneath creates the impression of shredded wheat with raspberries. Caramel. Mild spicy alcohol presence. Hints of sherry. Light tartness. Slight cocoa. Dessert bread. Ghost-like pepper. Sweetish finish with that raspberries and wheat flavor.

M: Thick in body. Rich and full, slightly sticky in the mouth. A downplayed fluffy sensation. Smooth enough. Little to no carbonation leaves the palate wanting. It sits a little too heavily. Very mild alcohol warmth.

O: The complexity that the nose offered was nowhere to be found upon tasting. Curious lack of carbonation. A decent weizenbock. Maybe time just wasn't as kind to it as it should have been.

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Weizenbock Grande Cuvée from Les Trois Mousquetaires
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